Narita, Japan is way more than an airport. Of course for most of us that’s all we know because so many international flights transit there. If you have a long layover an overnight or two in Narita is a great way to relax before continuing on. Of course now that I know about this cool little town, I will try to at least stay overnight when possible. It’s really that much fun and a great way to add to your travel enjoyment.
If you are going to stay in Narita, I highly recommend the Richmond Hotel Narita or a hotel nearby the train station. This way you are centrally located and it’s easy to walk around.
Narita (成田) is about 60 kilometers east of central Tokyo and only about 10-min train ride from Narita International Airport (Take the Keisei train one stop from airport).
Narita’s main tourist attraction is Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, a large Buddhist temple complex that’s over a 1000 years old.
Also there is Naritasan Omote Sando which is a quaint street with lots of shops and restaurants.
The Kawatoyo Honten restaurant is a very popular place to have grilled eel. There is usually a long line out front but it’s worth the wait either on queue or wait for a slow period in the day.
Ramen Bayashi seems pretty popular with the airline crowd. Inside you’ll see many flight crew having a meal and the walls are plastered with airline memorabilia.